Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man received an aggregate sentence of 28 years in prison for shooting into a car occupied by three people and threatening to kill a woman.
Donald Watkins, 42, was convicted by a jury in January on nine counts of aggravated assault as well as one count each of terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to have weapons.
Watkins was accused of firing multiple shots into a Dodge Charger occupied by a then-39-year-old Camden woman, her teenage son and her boyfriend on the 200 block of Rand Street in Camden on the evening of January 18, 2013. The woman’s boyfriend, a then-39-year-old Merchantville man who was in the backseat, suffered a gunshot wound and was treated at Cooper University Hospital. The woman and her son, who was 13 at the time, managed to get away unscathed.
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Becky Lapidow presented evidence and testimony showing Watkins approached the victims from behind while wearing a black mask, opened fire on the vehicle and its occupants and continued shooting as they sped away. Additionally, Watkins was found to have verbally threatened to kill a then-30-year-old Woodbury woman on the same block earlier that day.
Watkins will be required to serve approximately 20 ½ years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The sentence was imposed on Friday by Superior Court Judge Steven J. Polansky.
Released Monday, March 14, 2016.